Design and Construction Contracting Class (Blended)

This blended class is tailored to public employees involved in the design and construction of public buildings and public works.

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The class will cover practical applications and effective strategies for procuring and administering design and construction contracts.

What is a blended class? This virtual class consists of a five-week self-paced portion with an exam and a one-day live webinar. Having both a self-paced (or asynchronous) and a live portion makes this a blended class. You must complete both the five-week self-paced portion and the one-day webinar to obtain credit.

The Design and Construction Contracting blended class incorporates knowledge checks, lesson quizzes and ends with a multiple-choice exam.

Class dates:
Part 1: January 9 - February 12 (Self-paced) - Registration is closed.
Part 2: June 13, 2023 (one-day live webinar)

Part 1: February 13 - March 19 (Self-paced)
Part 2: June 13, 2023 (one-day live webinar)

Part 1: March 20 - April 23 (Self-paced)
Part 2: June 13, 2023 (one-day live webinar)

Part 1: April 24 - May 28 (Self-paced)
Part 2: June 13, 2023 (one-day live webinar)

Class time:
Part 1: Self-paced five-week class 
Part 2: TBD

20 MCPPO credits
AIA credits offered



  • Procuring construction contracts under M.G.L. c. 149 and M.G.L. c. 30, § 39M
  • The roles of the owner, designer, contractor and construction manager
  • The major stages of a public construction project
  • Qualifications-based selection of designers
  • Feasibility studies and project planning
  • Baselines for performance in a design contract
  • The contractor and sub-contractor certification process
  • Filed sub-bidding
  • Prequalification procedures
  • Alternative construction methods under M.G.L. c. 149A
  • The objectives and importance of contract administration
  • Contract terms that help protect your jurisdiction
  • Keys to effective communication on construction projects
  • Strategies for avoiding disputes with contractors
  • Evaluating designers and contractors
  • Special issues in construction
  • Prevailing wage law enforcement
  • Workforce diversity requirements in Massachusetts public construction
  • DCAMM Affirmative Marketing Program



One Ashburton Place
Room 1311
Boston, MA 02108
Last updated: June 21, 2022

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